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Carmex Original Tube and Pot - (Pack of 2)
Carmex Original Tube and Pot - (Pack of 2)
Price: £5.00

4.0 out of 5 stars It actually works, 22 Jun. 2015
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Have to be clear that I have never used this kind of product ever and don’t suffer from chapped lips. So the testing here was undertaken by my wife.

She advises that there are stacks of this kind of product on the market, but very few actually make a difference, but this is one that does. It tastes nicer than Vaseline on the lips with a menthol hit that gives a slight buzz on application.

This is a set of two, a pot you could leave in the bathroom and a tube you could carry with you. A helpful pairing for a product that actually does what it is supposed to.


Braun Series 9 9040s Wet and Dry Electric Shaver
Braun Series 9 9040s Wet and Dry Electric Shaver
Price: £180.89

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as electric can get, 22 Jun. 2015
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An expensive product, but it does feel like it has both quality and clever technology in it. I tend towards a wet shave but often use a product like this for a bit extra or as a way of going over bits for a “second run”. Great that this can be used in the water or dry (dry seems to get better results) and is easy to clean under running water. Simple to use with a switch that allows you to select what areas of the face you want to shave and a nice carry case for taking it away with you

There have always been attempts to find an electric shaver that can match the closeness of a wet shave, not sure if this is the answer but it offers a robust and attractive product that will supplement your wet shave or act as an emergency top up. I did like it, but not enough to throw away my wet shaving equipment.

But definitely top end of the electric shaving market.


Kensington USB Wireless Optical Plug and Play Mouse - Black
Kensington USB Wireless Optical Plug and Play Mouse - Black
Price: £14.53

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use mouse, 22 Jun. 2015
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I do like plug and play, I really hate spending ages getting things to work. This was easy. Whack in the receiver into a spare USB port, stick the batteries into the mouse (batteries are supplied) and within a few seconds you are good to go. Who could ask for more. I also like that there is a storage space for the received in the battery compartment if you wanted to travel.

It is your standard mouse, left and right clicks and a central wheel/button. It works very well and is an excellent budget range bit of kit.


To Honor You Call Us (Man of War Book 1)
To Honor You Call Us (Man of War Book 1)
Price: £3.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Old School Fun, 22 Jun. 2015
Old school sci-fi military action. I did very much enjoy this as it does have solid charm and some entertaining themes of loyalty, brotherhood, sacrifice and duty.

Young officer is given his first command in the battle against the alien Krag (evolved from rats the way we evolved from monkeys), a battle that humans are not doing well in. Anyway our young office has inherited a broken ship, one with low morale and poor performance, will he be able to pull them into shape before their lives will depend on being a cohesive unit?

There are some oddities here, this is set hundreds of year in the future, yet technology does not seem to have moved on. Okay we have space travel but the crews are using bullet based weaponry and carry swords. This is also a book that doesn’t feature women, there is a kind of reason provided, but this is a book about men (who don’t seem to have social lives or miss the company of women!). The history between now and this setting is not really mentioned although there are plenty of comments made about WW2.

There are a few nods towards Star Trek and I think this is where the book wants to be, a Star Trek type space adventure with its own unique style and if you put the oddities to one side, this is great fun. It doesn’t pretend to be anything it isn’t and delivers old school space adventure pretty well. I did enjoy this and will be looking out for the next two in this trilogy.

I was lucky enough to be provided with a review copy by NetGalley in return for an honest review.


A Darker Shade of Magic
A Darker Shade of Magic
by V. E. Schwab
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars under-whelming, 18 Jun. 2015
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Interesting ideas floated in a book I thought I would enjoy more.

Magic and London is the focal point here, or four London’s to be honest siting in parallel dimensions through which very few people can pass. Each London is very different (and one is dead due to a mysterious magical incident) with different rulers, different countries and languages.

Kell is a magician who can pass through the dimensions and is almost an envoy between the ruling classes of each London, but he has a secret, he likes to smuggle items between the dimensions. And this is his undoing as he ends up with an item that is very dangerous and people will kill for. And his magic might not be enough to save him, or the London he loves.

Kell meets a young girl who is seeking adventure and circumstances force them together in a battle of some very strange magic.

I did like the ideas here but the sum of the parts didn’t blow me away. An acceptable fantasy but it didn’t engage me to the degree I hoped. Two of the Londons seemed underused and just there to justify the action taking place in the other two. This mat lead into further novels, but I am not sure I will bother…


The Emperor's Silver: Agent of Rome 5
The Emperor's Silver: Agent of Rome 5
by Nick Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic series, 12 Jun. 2015
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Roman adventure at its best. I think this is the fifth in a series that continues to get better and better, great storylines and compelling and interesting characters bring these books to life. Although the author is not yet as well-known as some of the others that write in this space, he deserves to be with confident and engaging writing.

Cassius is a “grain-man”, a Roman investigator. He is fairly young and needs the help of a bodyguard (an ex-Gladiator) and a slave (who is an active Christian) and it is the dynamics between these three that underpin the stories. Cassius is slightly immature and has the pomposity of his up-bringing but is fundamentally a decent guy trying to do the right thing. It is a clever balance of his status and culture and the relationship he has with the other two, blended in with some humour that works very well.

In The Emperor’s Silver the trio are sent out after some counterfeiters and manage to get themselves into trouble before they start to flush out the bad guys, all in a time of political unrest where the workers (specifically the weavers) feel they are being treated unfairly. Not a great time to be an undercover grain-man!

A series that is there to be thoroughly enjoyed, especially if you like books set in this era.


Taylors of Harrogate Espresso Coffee Capsules Nespresso Compatible Colombian Huila (Pack of 6, Total 60 Capsules)
Taylors of Harrogate Espresso Coffee Capsules Nespresso Compatible Colombian Huila (Pack of 6, Total 60 Capsules)
Price: £17.36

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mellow, 10 Jun. 2015
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A top quality coffee brand producing pods that are compatible with Nespresso. And it almost works. It is certainly a mellow and pleasant coffee although not nearly as strong as quoted. I certainly didn’t taste any “sweet lemon” or vanilla, but there was a slight malt taste.

Not quite as easy or quick as a Nespresso pod but they generally are compatible and certainly if you like good quality mellow coffee, this could be an option for you.


The Dagger's Path: Book 2 of The Forsaken Lands
The Dagger's Path: Book 2 of The Forsaken Lands
by Glenda Larke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The adventure continues, 9 Jun. 2015
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Follow up to “The Lascar’s Dagger” and part of an on-going series. You do need to read the previous book before this, it can’t be read in isolation.

Author Glenda Larke brings us up to speed on the quest to return stolen magical feathers to their islands of origin but also introduces a new character and switches the perspective from the trip to the Islands, back to the investigations into the growing evil and its origin and also to the Royal shenanigans where the Regina plots her survival and ways to increase power….

While this does feel like a ‘middle’ book of a trilogy there is still quite a lot to enjoy. Our characters develop and the plot thickens with some pretty unexpected reveals which puts the next book in a very interesting place. I like the author’s style and these are very enjoyable fantasy romps.


24: Underground
24: Underground
by Michael Gaydos
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Jack's in trouble. Again., 8 Jun. 2015
This review is from: 24: Underground (Paperback)
A graphic novel that captures the intensity that is the essence of “24”.

Jack is hiding out under a new identity in the Ukraine, he even has a new girlfriend, Sofyia. Not only are the CIA trying to track him, but some Ukrainian bad guys kidnap Sofyia to draw him in. Then as the action kicks in, Sofyia uses hidden talents to escape, Jack assumes she is still a hostage and meets with her kidnappers, and finally the CIA make their move…

Nice blend of story and artwork and it feels very much “24”. Enjoyed it.


Veteran
Veteran
by Gavin G. Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Different slant on a war with aliens, 1 Jun. 2015
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Way into the future, mankind is at war with aliens known as “Them”, Earth is pretty much in decay. Ex special forces NCO is brought out of retirement for a special mission and then realises there is more to the bigger picture, so with the help of an alien in a box, a bunch of hackers and augmented soldier he decided it is time that Mankind knew the truth.
Lots of good stuff in here but also some confusing bits. The good stuff is that our soldier is British and we glimpse a future view of the UK, there are some interesting ideas on what it is to be human and the impact of implanted technology on the soldiers. On the down side there are bits where you have to re-read sections to understand them.
But it has pace and plenty of bloody action so not bad.


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